Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday 18th March

A northerly wind made it feel quite chilly during my walk this morning.

A Coal Tit and 2 Goldcrest sang from the Wellingtonias along Laurel Walk, 2 Nuthatch were seen and heard in the Alder wood along the River Len, a Pied Wagtail sang from the roof of Mote House, a Stove Dove sang from the Oak wood in the south of the park, 3 Treecreepers were heard singing, 5 Green Woodpeckers were seen, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard – with 1 male drumming, a Pheasant called from the hedge on the western edge of the rough grassland, 4 Chiff Chaffs were heard singing, the Little Owl sat just outside it’s hole in the usual old Oak, and a small flock of Siskin were seen in the woodland at the foot of Jenner’s Bank.

Birds seen on the Lake were 21 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Tuftie, 1 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. 3 Grey Herons were seen along the River Len, and in the gull flock on the sports fields were 18 Med Gulls, roughly 48 Black-headed Gulls, and 13 Common Gulls.

Also noted was the first flowering Cuckoo Flower, and the first flowering Ash - looking very much like purple sprouting broccoli.

Cuckoo Flower
Cardamine pradensis

Fraxinus excelsior


Warren Baker said...

Like the Cuckoo flower shot Simon. Watch out for Orange Tip butterflies around it.

TV Digital said...

Hello. This post is likeable, and your blog is very interesting, congratulations :-). I will add in my blogroll =). If possible gives a last there on my blog, it is about the TV Digital, I hope you enjoy. The address is http://tv-digital-brasil.blogspot.com. A hug.

Charlie said...

Hi Simon
Great to read your blog - I used to go birding around Mote Park when I was at Maidstone Grammar School, about 15 years ago. It sounds like a lot of the good birds are still there - Grey Wags, Water Rails and wildfowl. The Med Gulls are a new addition of course, certainly in such numbers.
I never managed to find a rarity, but I do remember some nice surprises - a male Redstart beside the lake one day, Black Tern on another occasion. I never caught up with the Hawfinches that used to winter regularly - do they still turn up? Are there still Mandarins on the lake?
Anyway, thanks again for blogging Mote Park, it's a real treat.

Simon said...

Thanks for the comment Charlie. Sorry for the delay of the reply - I have only just noticed your comment!

Hawfinches haven't wintered in the Park for about 3 years now, and the Mandarins haven't bred or visited the Park for past 5 years.

May I ask whereabouts beside the lake the male Redstart was?

Next Event - TBA